Prof. Dr. E.P. Köster, ESN Advisor
From 1976 till 1997 E.P. Köster has been Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Utrecht. His research field was perception psychology and he specialized in research on the sense of smell. Apart from fundamental research he has always been interested in applied research. Thus, he founded the ergonomics research group at the University of Utrecht and started a group on the sensory analysis and evaluation of food.
As a result of this latter development he became an advisor to many major food industries in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Great Britain and the United States. He still is an advisor to Unilever Research Laboratories at Vlaardingen, the Netherlands and to Pernod-Ricard at Créteil, France.
He was the founder and for a long time Editor in Chief of the Journal Chemical Senses and a co-founding member of the European Chemoreception Research Organisation of which he is now an Honorary Member. He is also a co-founding member of the European Sensory Network which unites the most prominent laboratories in sensory analysis in 14 different European Countries.
From 1987 to 2005 he has been the scientific director of one of its members ASAP GmbH in Munich, Germany, a company that specializes in applied sensory research, and from 1996 till november 1998 he has been involved as the supervisor of applicable research in the founding of the new “Institut Européen des Sciences du Goût et du Comportement Alimentaire (IESGCA) in Dijon, France. From March 2000 till March 2003 he has been a visiting professor at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Copenhagen as a member of the group working on an EU project (Health Sense). Recently, he joined the Institute Agrotechnology and Food Innovation of the University of Wageningen as scientific advisor of their Consumer Insight group, which specializes in research on the factors that determine food choice and eating and drinking behaviour
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